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03-15-2008, 02:18 AM #35
Panel concludes Korea Open investigationPanel concludes Korea Open investigation
14 March 2008
The Badminton World Federation's Major Incident Review Team (MIRT) met during the Yonex All England Open Championships in Birmingham to conclude their investigations and into the developing controversy over line judge calls.
The investigation was prompted by incidents during the Korean Open in January but especially in the men's singles final between Lin Dan of China and Lee Hyun-ll of Korea.
The Team - led by Anne Smillie (Scotland), Chair of the BWF Sport Committee, and including Robin Bryant (Australia) and Torsten Berg (Denmark) - considered the evidence and examined reports received from tournament officials. A fourth member of MIRT, Roger Johannsen (Sweden), was unable to attend but was kept fully informed about the discussions and contributed to the recommendations.
Anne Smillie said: “It was a sad fact that the evidence did show that some line judges were not basing their decisions on the facts. The evidence, particularly from the Korean event, led to the conclusion that line calls were in favour of local players.”
As a result, the Team will recommend to the BWF Council, meeting in May in Jakarta, that for all major BWF events, including the Olympics, independent line judges must be used.
For Super Series events, organisers should use independent line judges on the major lines.
The Team felt it important to remind all court officials, the tournament referee, umpires and line-judges that they have two paramount responsibilities.
Firstly, they should reassure the players that the competition is run in a fair way.
Secondly, they should demonstrate that court officials are there to give players their best possible chance of performing to their optimum level.
Anne said the Team would not be calling for disciplinary action against Lin Dan or any of the coaches following the Korean incident. But she added: “We are determined to ensure that coaches have a clear understanding of their responsibilities when courtside.
“We are all agreed that Lin Dan's behaviour was unacceptable but, given the way in which the situation was handled at the time by the Umpire and Referee, it is not appropriate to impose further punishment.”
However, Torsten Berg added: “It is important that the Korean Badminton Association recognise that the issue reflected badly on their event and on the image of Super Series. The Koreans must address the problem otherwise players might not be interested in playing in their tournament in the future.”
In an attempt to reduce the number of disputed line calls, the MIRT members met Dr Paul Hawkins' Hawk-Eye company during the All England to examine how effective the technology would be in resolving disputed calls.
The Team, well aware of the technology's success in other sports, will submit a report to Council on the possibilities of introducing it for badminton and BWF will continue to examine the possibilities.
But Robin Bryant said: “While the technology could be useful, it would not be the complete answer. Building up a code of ethics for line judges, ensuring proper training and establishing a core of internationally-qualified line judges remains as big a priority for BWF.”
While in Birmingham, Bryant addressed the Badminton Line Judges’ Association and encouraged them to work with BWF to raise standards and to recruit new members. He said: “There’s a large number of people interested in traveling to and working at events and I urge the Association to grasp this opportunity.”
03-15-2008, 02:32 AM #36
Don't start making assumptions that LD would have won only because he won the next two points. This is SPECULATION.
There is a limit to how you can protest, throwing a racket and pulling out your fist shouldn't be viewed as acceptable.
In Copenhagen Masters 2007, the shuttle was very clearly out in the second set, but was seen in by the linesmen. KJ would have won the 2nd set if it was ruled out. KJ was upset, but did you see him get into a fight? No.
The conclusion reached by the bwf is a joke....
03-15-2008, 02:49 AM #37
i do not agree that nobody got punish at all. i believe the korean BA should be heavily reprimanded for their part in the fiasco. and i also believe li mao and lin dan should also be punished. but that is out of my hands. and now it is just part of history. and we have seen two sides of this argument in many locked threads so lets not repeat it. lets just agree to disagree. and maybe we should focus more on teh future and how BWF will handle this matter. if they fail to make changes within this year and especially during the olympics, then i would say that it has failed to uphold badminton's good name in sports.
03-15-2008, 02:50 AM #38
Let bygones be bygones.
The damage to reputation is going to hurt more than a fine.
03-15-2008, 02:57 AM #39
I believe it was a good decision, putting the blame on the KBA for creating an environment with line judges obviously "cheating thru their teeth" in broad daylight. It created an explosive atmosphere, and players and officials who "took the law into their own hands" have commited a justifiable reaction.
It was only a matter of time incidents like this would exlpode one day in either China or Korea, two countries that came to the edge of "provocative" mismanagement of the SS time and again.
03-15-2008, 03:19 AM #40
It seems both Lin Dan's and Li Mao's acts were 'crimes of passion'
Those are excusable, aren't they?
In any case, the BWF is treading carefully
Had they blamed the general conduct of the game rather than the KBA's conduct of the game, it might eventually backfire on the sport's standing.
With the Olympics looming ahead, it makes no sense for the BWF to show the sport in any lesser light.
03-15-2008, 05:02 AM #41
I wonder how the bwf is going to explain to Taufik if he asked "why am I being penalised in HK Open for walking out whereas it is ok to attempt to whack someone with a racket. We both complained about line calls!"??
03-15-2008, 06:00 AM #42
Does anyone has the video taufik walking out of the game? Very interested to see what the atmosphere was like.
03-15-2008, 06:06 AM #43
03-15-2008, 09:05 AM #44
I disagree that there should have been no puishment.
Irrespective of the provocation (bad line calls) the punishment should always be for the reaction as well. If we take football Should Zidane have not been punished for his reaction to Marco Materazzi in WC final? He could argue he was provoked and if he was provoked he would not have done it, but if reactions to provocations go unpunished then the legal process would be in dissarray.
At the end of the day Lin Dan showed violent and potentially dangerous behaviour towards a opposing coach, in the final of a showpiece event in the badminton calendar (SS event), and for this he should have been punished.
Unfortunately the power in badminton is with the teams and players not with the organising bodies.
03-15-2008, 09:45 AM #45
03-15-2008, 11:31 AM #46
http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=51814. I saw you quit after just one post last time
03-15-2008, 11:48 AM #47
It'd take a very very bold IOC committee to even float the idea of dropping football from the Olympic roster of events
Not so with badminton.
In a potential vote on exclusion, China (and Hong Kong), Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the UK and Denmark wouldn't be enough to hold out against the rest of the sporting world. I'd imagine many countries would be quite in favour of escorting badminton out of the Games... and thereby reduce China's medal tally.
I'd certainly agree that the BWF's decision doesn't smack of courage or firmness. However, it does reflect the concerns about the game's future in the world's highest sporting arena
03-15-2008, 12:56 PM #48
Maybe it is just because I am in the UK, but Badminton is far higher on the agenda in OG than football. Admittedly UK dont have a team in OG, but most countries do not take the Football OG seriously. It is in effect an under 23 competition, with no prestige.
How do the IOC view violent conduct then? would they agree that a competitor who assaults an opposing coach should be left unpunished? to me, this goes beyond an occurence that can be swept under the carpet.
How would a Ban on LD effect Badmintons OG presence anyhow? Do the IOC like double standard organising bodies where one competitor who simply doesn't want to play a match can be punished, but a players assault can be blamed on provocation?
03-15-2008, 01:47 PM #49
I just want to bring it up to the situation. There was not just 1 miss call. There are several miss call against LD. TV shoes they where clearly bad calls. Bias is bias. Even if there is a bias, at lease try to hide it.
03-15-2008, 01:50 PM #50
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